Cities with High Traffic Fatalities: What Causes Crashes?
Traffic fatalities are a devastating – and unfortunately, all too common – occurrence. In some cities, however, there are a higher number of fatalities as a result of car accidents than in others. This is true of at least two cities in Louisiana. In this blog, a vehicle accident lawyer at Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys in Louisiana explains which cities have high traffic fatalities as well as some of the main causes of car crashes.
What Local Cities Have Some of the Nation’s Highest Rates of Traffic Fatalities?
Using statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 24/7 Wall St. determined that two Louisiana cities have the unfortunate distinction of having some of the nation’s highest traffic fatality rates.
New Orleans, with a population of 382,922, was ranked 29th with a total of 51 fatal crashes in a recent year. Eighteen of these fatalities involved drunk driving. Baton Rouge ranked 40th with a total of 44 traffic fatalities, including 11 that involved drunk driving.
What are Some Contributing Factors for Car Accidents?
Many of the factors are within drivers’ control. Factors such as speeding, alcohol or drug use, fatigue, and distracted driving (which police officers say often go under-reported). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 3 traffic deaths involve drunk driving, and almost 1 in 3 involve speeding.
Other possible factors are beyond drivers’ control, including bad weather, poor road conditions, and problems with the vehicle, such as bad brakes (although this can also be due to inadequate maintenance).
Even things like gender and economic status can affect your risk of being in a fatal accident. Young men – particularly when they’re riding in the car with friends – are at greater risk, as are men in general. They made up 71% of traffic fatalities in 2016, most likely because they drive more miles and are more likely to speed, not wear a seatbelt, and engage in other risky behaviors.
The area of the country you live in may also make a difference. It’s not the large East Coast cities that are most represented. Instead it’s the South, which takes almost half of the 52 spots on the list.
It’s easy to forget that it only takes one driver and car to get into an accident. Somewhat surprisingly, about half of traffic fatalities involve only one vehicle, according to cheatsheet.com, which used National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data to reach this conclusion.
The site also found that SUVs and trucks are the vehicle types most likely to be in a fatal rollover, and fatalities peak during the summer, since there are more drivers on the road. You’re more likely to be in a fatal accident on a Saturday, probably due to more drivers being on the road, with some of them being under the influence. And July 4th has the distinction of being the single date that often has the most traffic fatalities.
Getting Help from a Vehicle Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been in a fatal accident, a vehicle accident lawyer understands that you may be facing large medical bills for care, as well as other costs related to his or her injuries. As you try to heal, worrying about these expenses is the last thing you should have to deal with. The medical bills as well as the time and pay you miss at work can also be a challenge to deal with.
That’s why you should contact a vehicle accident lawyer at Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys at (504) 345-1111. We’re ready to help in our offices throughout Louisiana, which are open weekdays from 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. For your convenience, we offer a LiveChat option online and we are available by phone 24/7. You don’t need to worry about upfront payment, because we provide free consultations. Best of all, you’ll pay no fee unless you win your case.